• Sweeping panoramic views of lava flows, cinder cones, and distant mountains can be enjoyed at Sandstone Bluffs.

    El Malpais

    National Monument New Mexico

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  • Junction Cave NOW OPEN!

    Junction Cave is again OPEN for visitation. Get your free caving permit at either the Northwest New Mexico Visitor Center at i-40/Exit 85 in Grants, or at the Information Center on NM53.

  • Cave permits now available for selected park caves

    FREE mandatory cave permits are now available to visit specific caves in El Malpais. Permits can be obtained at the El Malpais Information Center on NM Highway 53 or at the Northwest New Mexico Visitor Center at I-40/Exit 85. More »

Visitor Centers

Three visitor centers are in the El Malpais region: a National Park Service facility on the west side of the park, a multiagency center in Grants, and a Bureau of Land Management station on the conservation area.
The Northwest New Mexico Visitor Center in Grants.

The Northwest New Mexico Visitor Center is located off Interstate 40, Exit 85, in Grants, New Mexico.


Northwest New Mexico Visitor Center

Located in Grants, the center has USDA Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and National Park Service staff on duty to help the traveler to the region. It's open 8 am to 5 pm daily. Call them at 505-876-2783 for your travel planning needs or click here for the center's page.
The Information Center on Highway 53

The Information Center is on Highway 53 near the Continental Divide.


El Malpais Information Center (NPS)

The center is located 23 miles south of I-40 on NM 53. Exhibits about the different lava flows and a bookstore are available, along with a picnic area and access to the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail. The center is open daily from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Call them at 505-783-4774 for more details.

The BLM's ranger station on Highway 117

The BLM Ranger Station is on Highway 117 along the east side of the monument.


El Malpais Ranger Station (BLM)

Located about nine miles south of Interstate 40 (exit 89), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Ranger Station serves as the gateway to the El Malpais National Conservation Area. The station is open from 8:30 to 4:30 daily. For more information about the conservation area, contact the BLM at 505-280-2918, write to them at PO Box 846, Grants NM 87020, or click here for their website.

Did You Know?

A gopher snake at El Malpais

Gopher snakes can mimic rattlesnake behavior, thrashing their tails in dry grass or leaves. These elegant reptiles are nonvenomous and help control rodent populations in high desert regions like El Malpais. More...